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Good news for wildlife in Afghanistan

Good news for wildlife in Afghanistan

Posted Mon, 27 Jun 2011 19:58:01 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Despite a decade of conflict in Afghanistan, the country's wildlife is holding on. A new survey carried out by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) scientists has shown that large mammals are surviving in some areas of Afghanistan after ten years of conflict.

Good news for wildlife in Afghanistan

How the genes of Cedric and Spirit can help save the Tasmanian devils

How the genes of Cedric and Spirit can help save the Tasmanian devils

Posted Mon, 27 Jun 2011 19:01:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Tasmanian devils, the pug-shaped ferocious predators of the marsupial world, are under mortal threat from a face-eating cancer. But ground-breaking new genetic research, online now in the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is helping conservationists to form a plan to protect the last of the big carnivorous marsupials.

How the genes of Cedric and Spirit can help save the Tasmanian devils

World Heritage sites in danger

World Heritage sites in danger

Posted Fri, 24 Jun 2011 20:09:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Over-exploitation of resources is damaging the world's valuable natural World Heritage Sites. IUCN have stated that mining and oil/gas exploration should not be permitted within World Heritage sites. African World Heritage sites are particularly at risk from commercial mining and oil/gas exploration, with a quarter of all sites threatened.

World Heritage sites in danger

New map tracks protected fish and wildlife

New map tracks protected fish and wildlife

Posted Fri, 24 Jun 2011 13:51:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Online resource provides mapping tool to see where protected fish and wildlife live and blossom. A new interactive map has gone live online in Washington helping to keep track of populations of fish and wildlife deemed to be at risk of changing habitat and falling numbers.

New map tracks protected fish and wildlife

Controversial hunting restrictions on New York deer

Controversial hunting restrictions on New York deer

Posted Thu, 23 Jun 2011 12:19:01 GMT by Laura Brown

Proposals to bring in restrictions on the hunting of young deer in New York State meets with stiff opposition. There are around a million white tailed deer in New York state. Managing thier numbers through hunting is seen as a viable way to keep numbers down. Too large a population and they cause problems for farmers and foresters, damaging a local ecosystem.

Controversial hunting restrictions on New York deer

Rescuing and Rehabilitating Chimps in MONA's Sanctuary

Rescuing and Rehabilitating Chimps in MONA's Sanctuary

Posted Wed, 22 Jun 2011 17:40:01 GMT by Julian Jackson

Animal rescue charity plans 10th anniversary celebration to raise funds. Chimpanzees are our nearest relative, and share many of our own traits: the need for family and companionship, a desire for status within the group, and sometimes volatile personal relationships with other chimps and the humans they encounter.

Rescuing and Rehabilitating Chimps in MONA's Sanctuary

More support needed for Arab World Heritage sites

More support needed for Arab World Heritage sites

Posted Wed, 22 Jun 2011 15:57:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Only two natural sites located in Arab states have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in the past 15 years. A new report by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) found that Arab countries should propose more sites for inclusion on the list, as well as managing their existing sites more successfully.

More support needed for Arab World Heritage sites

Caribou collapse: look to oil-sands, not wolves, says new study

Caribou collapse: look to oil-sands, not wolves, says new study

Posted Wed, 22 Jun 2011 14:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Caribou in Alberta are falling foul, not to wolves, but instead to the stress of ongoing work to extract the one of the dirtiest of fossil fuels, oil-sands. That's one of the conclusions from a study published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, which recommends more sensitive placing of oil-infrastructure to ease pressure on the declining reindeer.

Caribou collapse: look to oil-sands, not wolves, says new study

Marine species at risk of mass extinction

Marine species at risk of mass extinction

Posted Tue, 21 Jun 2011 07:56:01 GMT by Ruth Hendry

An unprecedented number of marine species are at risk of extinction. Increasing levels of CO2 contributes to rising temperatures. In turn, increased temperatures lead to more CO2 being absorbed into the ocean. Increased CO2 in the ocean leads to increasing ocean acidification and hypoxia, which are devastating for marine life.

Marine species at risk of mass extinction

Save the old men of the forest to house the forest's young

Save the old men of the forest to house the forest's young

Posted Sun, 19 Jun 2011 14:24:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

An old tree can support dozens of different nesting animals and birds who don't have the woodpecker's powers. Trees are a good thing for the environment right? Well, yes, but replacing old with new is bad news for a multitude of creatures that rely on the ravages of time to help them make a home in the trees.

Save the old men of the forest to house the forest's young

Protected species found on sale in Thai markets

Protected species found on sale in Thai markets

Posted Thu, 16 Jun 2011 13:22:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Madagascan species at risk of extinction are commonly found on sale in Thai markets says a WWF-backed body investigating the trade in endangered species. TRAFFIC surveyed sales for 15 days in Bangkok and eight of Thailand's provinces and found 591 Madagascan reptiles and amphibians available on sale.

Protected species found on sale in Thai markets

Are rats and bees the solution to Africa's bushmeat problem?

Are rats and bees the solution to Africa's bushmeat problem?

Posted Mon, 13 Jun 2011 19:48:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

With the bushmeat trade growing annually, experts recognise that innovative solutions are required to halt this illegal activity. Commercial trading in bushmeat - the meat and other parts of wild mammals, birds and reptiles - is a highly lucrative industry, particularly prevalent in central Africa. Bushmeat trading is on the rise within many central African countries

Are rats and bees the solution to Africa's bushmeat problem?

Area of sustainably managed forest increases

Area of sustainably managed forest increases

Posted Fri, 10 Jun 2011 11:04:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

There has been a 50% increase in the area of tropical forests under sustainable management since 2005. ITTO, a Japan-based intergovernmental body, promotes the sustainable management, use and trade of tropical forest resources.

Area of sustainably managed forest increases

Albatross deaths from longline fishing higher than thought

Albatross deaths from longline fishing higher than thought

Posted Wed, 08 Jun 2011 17:25:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The numbers of albatross and other sea-birds drowning after being snared by longline fishing hooks is three times higher than thought - at 300,000 per year. The new number in a study published in Endangered Species Research, is all the more shocking because measures to make longline fishing safe have been proven to work.

Albatross deaths from longline fishing higher than thought

Toxin found in endangered seal could threaten numbers

Toxin found in endangered seal could threaten numbers

Posted Wed, 08 Jun 2011 13:46:27 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A dangerous toxin has been found in an endangered Hawaiian seal, further threatening its survival. Scientists from the American National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discovered ciguatoxin in the Hawaiian monk seal and are concerned other marine mammals may have come into contact with the poison which is produced by marine algae.

Toxin found in endangered seal could threaten numbers

Kill ship speed not whales, say wildlife conservation groups

Kill ship speed not whales, say wildlife conservation groups

Posted Tue, 07 Jun 2011 15:07:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Whales swimming near the Californian coast have increasingly become victims of hit-and-sail accidents, as shipping crowds into the important marine sanctuaries there. Now conservation groups have filed a petition with the US Department of Commerce, asking for a speed limit to halt the sea-lane carnage.

Kill ship speed not whales, say wildlife conservation groups

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Biodiversity Progress Today

Posted Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:36:00 GMT by JW Dowey

No Bryde's for the future?

Posted Sat, 04 Oct 2014 08:18:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Cuscomys comes back from the dead

Posted Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:16:55 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Kruger rhinos' final chance

Posted Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:53:11 GMT by Paul Robinson

Sturgeon survives, but not for long, it seems

Posted Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:17:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

An Amazonian nightmare of deforestation

Posted Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:33:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Whales are wailing (in Faroes and Puget Sound)

Posted Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:58:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Conservation is too conservative in the UK

Posted Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:08:13 GMT by Paul Robinson

Watch the whale population in Norway!

Posted Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:32:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Blue Shark life and death in the Azores

Posted Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:19:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Fisheries Reform (fish) School!

Posted Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:53:19 GMT by Colin Ricketts

New research could save seabirds from fishing longlines

Posted Tue, 05 Apr 2011 08:33:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Southeast Asia's Tropical Peatlands could Disappear by 2030

Posted Tue, 03 May 2011 15:29:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

Bats show gender differences are important in conservation

Posted Sun, 27 Mar 2011 19:38:01 GMT by Laura Goodall

A small pocket of conservation in Iran

Posted Thu, 10 Oct 2013 04:09:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Rhino poaching in South Africa on the increase

Posted Thu, 03 Nov 2011 16:10:00 GMT by Dave Collier

Help spot the invaders on British shores urges marine charity

Posted Fri, 19 Aug 2011 15:49:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

US research highlights the plight of the bumblebee, numbers rapidly declining

Posted Sat, 08 Jan 2011 09:00:01 GMT by David Hewitt

Last ditch attempt to save the spoon-billed sandpiper

Posted Tue, 07 Jun 2011 03:00:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry